Not only political parties, but the media and the entire private sector should be under RTI
Ever since media has echoed public sentiments that support inclusion of political parties under the RTI Act, many including political community have raised counter-voice demanding the inclusion of media-houses under the RTI.
Even common journalists have demanded transparency in such aspects repeatedly at their associations. Issue was raised prominently by some very prominent senior journalists during an RTI seminar at Symbiosis Institute at Pune
on Septemer 20.
But legal provisions can permit only such media-houses under RTI Act which are substantially government-financed even though indirectly like allotment of land at subsidised rate/lease etc.
Best is to make such transparency provisions compulsory for all registered media-houses, with Press Council being the supervisory regulatory authority, so that the funding and profitability of media-houses and wealth-details of every director/employee, getting income of more than say rupees ten lakh per annum, may have to be compulsorily put on website.
Why only media-houses and their directors/employees, such provision of wealth-declaration should be compulsory for the entire private-sector!
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